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Kenmore Upright Freezer compressor running 6 seconds every minute

I just bought a freezer from a friend and it seemed to work for about 2 days.. when I came home today it was running about 60F inside the freezer! I felt the compressor and the thing was almost too hot to touch, so I unplugged it and let it cool off. After a few hours I plugged it back in and the fans came on and I could hear the compressor start up and the fans slow down on the power surge... the compressor ran for about 5 or 6 seconds then shut off.. this repeats every 50 or 55 seconds.. over and over!

This is a Kenmore Upright. Model: 253.9284014

I have no manuals or other way to identify it.

I am not an electrician, but would appreciate any help or suggestions.. We've got 180 pounds of pork coming in a week or so, and I'd love to have this thing cold again!

Thanks!

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  • robert389 Nov 12, 2008

    I hate to admit it but yes the unit was transported on it's back.. for about 5 hours.. it sat upright another 2 or 3 hours before being turned on... it worked fine for a couple days before it stopped today.. The unit acts like it wants to work.. a fan that blows air into the freezer turns on as soon as I turn it to "1" and the compressor sounds like it spins up (or whatever they do).. the freezers blower motor slows down a bit when the compressor kicks on.. it seems to run great for about 5 seconds, then it turns off, and the blower speeds back up and it repeats again about 50 seconds or so later.. over and over...



    I'll let it sit for another couple days without touching it and see if it helps.



    If I'd damaged it by transporting on it's side, would it run for a couple days before becoming a problem? Or does it seem unlikely that there was a problem as it seemed to work okay for a couple days before it went bad?



    If the defrost timer is messed up, would the cycling be regular like I'm seeing?



    THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Usually the compressor runs pretty warm anyway. However if you think it's too hot I would start with the condenser coils located either under the unit or on occasion they are located on the back. The air flow across these coils as well as the airflow around the compressor must be maintained. I forgot to ask if the condenser fan is running. Check and make sure that the Fan is running and the air flow is good. Also, When you transported the unit did you move it standing vertically like it normally stands or did you lay it on its side. If you transported the unit on its side you must wait a minimum of 24 to 48 hours prior to start up or the unit could be ruined permanently. The refrigerant has to be utilized through the compressor as a gas. If the unit is on its side liquid refrigerant could be introduced into the compressor and can cause permanent damage. If this is the case I recommend that you turn the unit off at once and wait the 36 hours for the Refrigerant to settle then try it again. This transportation rule applies for any appliance That uses refrigerant, Air Conditioners etc. These units are not that hard to diagnose. The only other item that is usually a problem is the defrost timer. It is not very expensive and can also cause some of the same symptoms that you are eluding to. The defrost timer allows the freezer to periodically shut down to prevent the buildup of frost or ice on he evaporator coils and on the inside the unit. If it is defective, then the unit will either run all the time and cause the evaporator coils to freeze up or will not allow the compressor to switch on and it will not freeze like it should.

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  • Mike Hammond
    Mike Hammond Nov 12, 2008

    It's hard to say how long it would take before a failure happens. I have seen it happen just like you're situation and in a couple of days it would kick on and run. I'm a bit concerned as to the amount of refrigerant that's trapped in the Compressor. And, of course it's a closed system. If it was running OK before it is likely that the defrost timer is working ok. I would turn it off and let it sit for a couple of days to let that refrigerant settle then see what happens. I know that the compressors can be replaced but I'm not that knowledgable about the pricing. I would imagine a few hundred dollars at a minimum. Anyway, time will tell. Let me know how this plays out...Good luck, I hope it starts up and runs for years.

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